DALLAS — Dallas Auction Gallery enjoyed strong results in original fine art, sterling silver and Chinese antiques in its Fine and Decorative Art Auction held November 9. The sale featured the remainder of the estate of longtime Dallas dealer and collector Leonard E. Walley, including his lifetime collection of Paul Jacoulet woodblock prints and early Japanese woodblock prints.
While healthy prices were seen across several favored categories, fine art led the sale, with Edouard Leon Cortes remaining a popular choice for collectors. His signed oil on canvas titled Le Boulevard Saint Denis au Crepuscule (Boulevard Saint Denis at Twilight), dating to 1925-1930, sold for $28,750 against an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
American artists Grandma Moses and Guy Wiggins performed strongly, with Grandma Moses’s charming 1943 piece titled We Have All Gone Sledding, which she rendered in oil with glitter on pressed wood, selling for $31,250.
Sterling silver continues to be a popular category at Dallas Auction Gallery sales, and the November 9 event carried on that tradition, with lots 61 and 62 performing markedly well. The first lot of the two was a circa-1832 English sterling silver tea service in a finely chased rococo design, consisting of a tea pot, coffee pot, hot water kettle with stand, creamer and waste pot; the second was a circa-1840 English sterling silver serving tray. Respectively weighing 187.28 and 188.23 troy ounces, together they achieved a gratifying combined sum of $16,000.
Chinese antiques remain a potent draw at Dallas Auction Gallery sales as well. Leading the many offerings in this category was a six-panel jade-inlaid cinnabar screen that depicted scholar’s objects. Dating to the early 20th century and estimated at $1,000-$1,500, it realized $7,040.
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